"Thank God It's Friday!"
…said no workaholic ever. If you feel weekdays are never long enough and weekends are an excuse to get things done in peace, then July 5 is for you – Happy National Workaholics Day! The world thanks you and appreciates all the long hours you put in to try and make it a better place.
It wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, though, if you’re hearing about National Workaholics Day for the first time. It is totally understandable that you’ve been focused on conquering that to-do list and fast tracking your way to accomplishing all your goals. In fact, there are a lot of out there like you who have been too busy to notice. Workaholism, after all, has been dubbed the addiction of the century.
There are 4 kinds of workaholics in the world, each one burning the midnight oil to get a high. Take a break for a bit and find out which one you are – no judgment.
Is “no, thank you” your go-to answer to every invite sent your way? Lunch out with co-workers, a catch-up drink with a friend, a weekend beach getaway? You deny yourself the pleasures of life because it means less time spent churning out deliverables at work. Although, sometimes, the buzz you get from feeling hyper-efficient doesn’t cut it and you end up regretting that you missed out on the fun.
Everything is happening! That’s what this whirlwind of a workaholic goes through every day. With work at the center of it all, the blinders you have on make you careless with everything else. Eating a proper meal, spending quality time with loved ones, paying the bills on time – these become non-existent because of the lack of focus on things outside of work. The thrill is in accomplishing things here and now, unfortunately, to the detriment of the long term.
“What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” So the saying goes, although, you tend to take it to the extreme. You stretch yourself too much, too often and ignore all the advice against it. You choose to eat stress for breakfast. Physical, mental, and maybe even emotional pain fuel your fire. That’s because you build a tolerance for it and use this to motivate yourself, to push to do more.
Relief is for the weak – that’s how a martyr in the workplace operates. You talk about how the amount of work is an insurmountable mountain, yet, when help is offered, none is accepted. You take one for the team and don’t delegate to keep the work up to standard. Having it all on your plate is just the more honarable way to go; at least people recognize you and commiserate with you.
Work begets work. The more you do, the more that comes back to you. While that may be true, it’s important to always try to find the good in it. Work is an arena to constantly learn, to forge relationships that last a lifetime, to share expertise that uplift society, to get to know ourselves better. More importantly, it’s a means to provide a good life for the people we love.
At the end of the day, the objective is to give the people who depend on us the life we believe they truly deserve. To be able to achieve this, you have to take care of yourself first. This includes nourishing your body with the right food, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, dedicating time to relax and recharge, and having a plan to keep your worries at bay.
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